Our rich history will again be celebrated this season with a series of Red Wings Legends card strips. At five different games, the first 1,000 fans age 21 and older will receive a card strip featuring four different players who became part of the Red Wings legacy. The series features Red Wings Hall of Famers, former players who went on to big league fame and stardom, and popular fan favorites from Red Wing Stadium, Silver Stadium and Frontier Field.
The series is sponsored by local card collector and promoter Ernie Orlando. His Collectorfest Monthly event in Webster is the only regularly scheduled monthly collectibles show in Western New York.
"I'm excited to be able to combine my love for collecting with the great history of the Rochester Red Wings," said Orlando. His father and grandfather ran Ness' Barber Shop on Park Avenue, and Orlando said he remembers his dad and grandfather telling him which Wings players used to come to their barber shop - especially his favorite player, Roric Harrison, from the memorable season of 1971.
"There are always Red Wings fans at my sports card and collectible shows. The Legends card strip giveaways are a great old-fashioned way to help inspire people to collect. I really hope it stirs some great memories," Orlando said.
Here's the lineup of the 2012 Red Wings Legends card strip giveaway dates:
May 17 : Billy Ripken, Don Fazio*, Ron Shelton, Tommy Watkins
*Don Fazio will be signing autographs at the May 20 Collectorfest Monthly Show in Webster, click here for more information
- May 18: Cal Ripken, Sr., Cal Ripken, Jr., Philip Humber, Justin Morneau
- June 2*: Dyar Miller, Jim Hutto, Dan Logan, Al Bumbry
* The June 2 game also features a card and collectible show in the concourse, with special guest WWE Hall of Famer George "The Animal" Steele
- Aug. 15: Mickey Scott, Rip Collins, Luke Easter, Billy Southworth
- Aug. 22: Rich Coggins, Curt Motton, Tom Poholsky, Mike Epstein
2011 Legends Cards CM-11 21-40
Stan Musial, Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken, Jr., Mike Mussina...Dennis Martinez, Brian Roberts, Jeff Manto, Joe Mauer...Bobby Bonner, Davey Johnson, Marv Foley, Floyd Rayford... Marty Marion, Freddie Beene, Red Schoendienst, Steve Demeter... Tommy Shopay, Specs Toporcer, Johnny Oates, Luke Easter.
2010 Legends Cards CM-10 1-20:
Frank Robinson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Curt Schilling and Earl Weaver...Luke Easter, Stan Musial, Russ Derry and Steve Bilko...Bob Gibson, Eddie Murray, Mike Mussina and Mike Boddicker...Bobby Grich, Don Baylor, Joe Altobelli and Roric Harrison ...Chris Hoiles, Boog Powell, Mike Flanagan and Jim Fuller.
VIDEO: The making of the Legends Card - a feature on how the series was created for the 2010 season.
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